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Vinyl, vinyl, vinyl!

Yes, I’m copying and pasting from a Velvet Blue e-mail. I just ordered the Doug Burr and Telegraph Canyon records, so it’s okay. Everything is available at velvetbluemusic.com
THE PRIDS ‘chronosynclastic’  12″
Everyone’s favorite new band now on beautiful vinyl.  Be sure to see them on the road too, www.velvetbluemusic.com/prids has updated tour dates. + Doug from Built to Spill plays guitar magic on a track !
DOUG BURR ‘o ye devastator’ 12″
This is the first time any Burr recordings have been available on vinyl !  O Ye has been getting so much great press and it’s easy to see why.  It’s an instant classic.
STARFLYER 59  ‘old’ 12 “
First time ever on vinyl, and it’s a picture disk too !  It’s at the bottom in the distro section.  Many consider this to be the bands finest work.  Line up for the record was Martin, Cloud, Swift, and Lenz.
TELEGRAPH CANYON – ‘the tide and the current’  12 “
This sounds absolutely perfect on wax !  They have been touring like crazy but we still have some copies left.  The record was produced by W. Johnson of Centro-matic / Monsters of Folk.
THE LANGLEY SISTERS – ‘queen bee’  7″
3 lovely sisters from London make great sing alongs.  Produced by Ed Harcourt. On white vinyl, with download codes.
KISSING COUSINS – ‘pillar of salt’  12″
5 lovely ladies from Los Angeles, who lay on some guitar !  Produced by Richard Swift. On white vinyl, with download codes for the record + bonus tracks.
RICHARD SWIFT – ‘ the novelist / walking without effort’ 2 x 12″
These are almost gone !  A co-release w/ Secretly Canadian, beautiful gatefold, that comes with a cd of 4 unreleased demos inside !
HELLO VINYL – ‘2 cd compilation’
In case you missed it, we have the opposite here :  We took all the out of print Velvet Blue vinyl and put it into a 2 cd set.  Includes tracks from :  Fine China, Pony Express, Richard Swift, Broadway Hush, Fold Zandura, Bon Voyage, etc.
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Episode 26: Smile to Confound

Undercover's 1983 album, God Rules!

I started my own musical discovery in the mid-90s after being raised on Bill Gaither, John Denver and some oldies.  When my mom said I couldn’t play the Steven Curtis Chapman tape I bought at a garage sale for a quarter in the family room stereo, I rebelled and found even harder music to listen to.  I absorbed Keith Green and Steve Taylor records.  (They were still christian, so I felt I could defend myself if my mom complained.) Then, with help from my friends’ older siblings,  I discovered Fugazi and Dinosaur Jr.  It was at about that same time that I discovered christian bands who sounded really cool, too.  Not those they’re-alright-for-a-christian-band types, but bands just as good and thoughtful as anyone else out there.  I joined message boards and discussion lists for these bands, totally geeking on that entire scene.  What’s crazy is that I’ve been following almost all of their projects since.  Even after dumping all my bad christian music and buying tons of far-out secular music, I still prize almost anything that Gene Eugene, Steve Hindalong, and Terry Taylor have ever touched.  I swear that Adam Again’s Dig is as good as any Led Zeppelin record, historical importance aside.

I found community and assurance in what became known as the chrindie (christian + indie, and no, I didn’t make that up) scene.  My friend, Dan, and I felt the freedom to make and record music in his basement that sounded like whatever we wanted.  That whole community piece of the chrindie scenes has eroded, for several reasons, and one of the biggest online meeting places, The Vagrant Cafe, has now closed.  Because few have a sense of history and fewer still know where to find these obscure bands and their fans, the movement is all but forgotten.  So when people (including some Christians) tell me they don’t know what good came out of alternative christian music, I kinda scratch my head.  I don’t want to flippantly remark that they don’t get it, but they don’t, and probably never will.

Anyway, here’s this week’s show*.  Enjoy!

  1. “God Rules!” – Undercover (God Rules!/A&S/1983)
  2. “Red Fox” – The Airfields (Laneways, An EP/Humblebee/2007)
  3. “Springsister” – Pia Fraus (After Summer/Claire/2008)
  4. “It’s Strange to be in Love” – The Langley Sisiters (Queen Bee/Velvet Blue/2010)
  5. “Opening Renouncements” – Ad Astra Per Aspera (An Introduction To…/Big Brown Shark/2003)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode 26 (1/22/10)

*Episode 26 is a little more dynamic than usual.  I hope that’s alright.

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Poptek, The Lips and The Langley Sisters


Ruetschle plays Exotic Destinations

I want to pass along some random pieces of news.

First, everyone should be familiar with Poptek Records from Dayton, Ohio.  Not only do they release some great pop music, but Andy Ingram also sends out a song every month to subscribers of his mailing list.  Sign up today.

Next, I have to talk about the new Flaming Lips album that comes out next week.  (Am I the only one who ponders the antiquated notion of release dates in our post-Napster age?)  A friend of mine gave the MP3s to me last week, and I love the album.  Anyone who knows me should know that, although I own quite a few of their albums, I really don’t get into much of the Lips’ catalogue.  Honestly,  I’ve just always been more of a fan of Mercury Rev.  That said, this new album, Embryonic, is amazing.  The band is clearly not playing to the crowd on this one, the drums sound like trash and Wayne’s voice is treated as an instrument again.  Anyway, I just want people to be aware of this super-cool limited edition release of the album with crazy artwork.

The Langley Sisters

The Langley Sisters, a new addition to the Velvet Blue Music roster

Last, I’ll just copy and paste from an e-mail that Jeff Cloud at Velvet Blue Music sent me about one of his new bands, The Langley Sisters (who will be featured in an upcoming episode of Radio Free Raytown).  This release sounds like a must-have for us vinyl nerds who dig limited edition junk.

The Langley Sisters are three lovely, young ladies from London, who craft songs from a forgotten era.  Their gorgeous string, horn, and piano sections should pretty much separate them from most everything else in your inbox today !  The single for the track “Queen Bee” will be a limited edition vinyl, each jacket numbered, on white vinyl, and will of course include a download code.  We should also mention that the tracks were recorded and produced by the fabulous Mr. Ed Harcourt.  Late October release.

See them on the road :

09/14 Glasglow @ King Tuts w/ Paloma Faith
09/15 Manchester @ The Ruby Lounge w/ Paloma Faith
09/17 London @ Scala w/ Paloma Faith
09/20 London @ Spice of Life
10/10 London @ The Hootenany

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